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    Google Home owners get voice commands for grocery shopping

    February 17th, 2017

    Owners of the Google Home speaker powered by Google Assistant can now buy groceries using voice commands. “Order from participating Google Express retailers, including Costco, Whole Foods Market, Walgreens, PetSmart, Bed Bath & Beyond and more than 50 other national and locally available retailers,” Google says. “Over the coming months, we’ll add new features and enable purchases for other apps and services.”

    Amazon and Google to add phone calls for virtual assistants?

    February 17th, 2017

    Consumers with Amazon Echo or Google Home could use the virtual assistant devices to make or receive phone calls later this year, the Wall Street Journal reports. Despite security concerns, sources told the publication that turning the assistants into home phones was the “logical next step for the artificial intelligence-powered speakers”.

    IBM’s Watson integrates Visa Token Service to enable tokenized payments on connected devices

    February 16th, 2017

    IBM is to integrate Visa Token Service into its Watson IoT cognitive technology platform to enable payments to be embedded into “any device connected to the Internet of Things (IoT)”, with all of IBM’s Watson… More

    What’s New in Payments: Leading international innovators explain the latest payments trends and technologies in free special report

    February 16th, 2017

    Senior executives from Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Barclaycard, Swatch and CaixaBank are among 12 leading payments innovators who have contributed to What’s New in Payments, a 104-page special report that is now available to download free… More

    Gartner predicts 20.4bn connected ‘things’ by 2020

    February 9th, 2017

    Some 8.4bn connected “things” will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31% from 2016, with 20.4bn in use by 2020, Gartner predicts. “Total spending on endpoints and services will reach almost US$2tn in 2017,” the company says. Greater China, North America and Western Europe will represent 67% of the overall Internet of Things installed base in 2017.

    Mattel includes NFC in AI for kids

    January 11th, 2017

    Toy maker Mattel has unveiled an NFC-enabled, voice-activated artificial intelligence assistant for children. Aristotle is compatible with Amazon Alexa and can answer a child’s questions, sing lullabies and play games with them using NFC-enabled toys. “Imagine what happens with Hot Wheels and Thomas the Train when you have this connected hub,” Robb Fujioka, Mattel’s chief products officer, told Fast Company.

    Honda unveils in-vehicle payment service for fuel and parking at CES 2017

    January 6th, 2017

    Honda is conducting the first proof-of-concept demonstration of its in-vehicle payments platform at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas. The service allows drivers to pay for parking and fuel with a touch of… More

    Carnival unveils NFC and BLE wearable for cruise ship passengers

    January 5th, 2017

    Holidaymakers aboard Carnival Corporation cruise ships will soon be given an NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled wearable device, designed by the man behind Disney’s MagicBand, that will let them access a range of next generation services including boarding without checking in, unlocking rooms, accessing personalised entertainment, ordering food and making payments. More

    NXP reveals solutions for secure wearables and IoT at CES 2017

    January 5th, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has unveiled a series of solutions for secure wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) at CES 2017, including a new test bed to support the development of products and applications using… More

    Samsung lets smart fridge owners use voice commands to order groceries

    January 4th, 2017

    US consumers will soon be able to use their voice to order groceries directly from their fridge with the latest edition of Samsung’s smart connected fridge platform and an updated version of the Groceries by… More

    62% of US consumers own IoT device

    December 16th, 2016

    A study by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) shows nearly two-thirds (62%) of American consumers own at least one Internet of Things (IoT) connected device, while 65% of them say they are willing to receive ads on IoT screens. The Internet of Things study found most popularly owned IoT devices are connected/smart TVs and streaming devices (47%), followed by wearable health trackers (24%) and internet-enabled home control devices (17%).

    Las Vegas hotel to install Amazon Echo in every room

    December 16th, 2016

    Luxury hotel and casino Wynn Las Vegas will install Amazon’s Echo in all its 4,748 rooms by summer 2017. Guests will initially be able to control room lights, temperature, drapery and the television by talking to Alexa, the virtual assistant on the Echo device. As the project evolves, future features such as personal assistant functions will be introduced, the hotel says.

    Resellers expect strong IoT revenue growth

    December 15th, 2016

    A survey from data management company Dell EMC has found 60% of resellers expect revenue from Internet of Things (IoT) devices to rise 30% in 2016, Computer Weekly reports. “Resellers are increasingly reporting IoT as an opportunity for extensive business growth and expansion,” says Sarah Shields from Dell EMC UK. The findings come after Juniper Research reported the number of connected IoT devices and sensors will reach more than 46bn by the year 2021.

    IoT, NFC and mobile money focus of Mahindra Comviva magazine

    December 14th, 2016

    A 46-page magazine with a collection of articles covering the Internet of Things, NFC, the role of mobile money and how to kickstart the mobile wallet revolution in the Middle East is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. The latest issue of the quarterly Vritti magazine has been produced and sponsored by Mahindra Comviva and has been approved by the NFC World editorial team.

    Google unveils updated Android for Internet of Things

    December 14th, 2016

    Google has unveiled Android Things, an update to its Internet of Things (IoT) developer platform, which it says will make it “faster and easier to create smart, connected products” powered by Android’s operating system and… More

    46bn IoT devices by 2021 as sensor market surges, research says

    December 14th, 2016

    The number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors will reach more than 46bn by the year 2021, a 200% increase from 2016, with the global sensors market generating revenues of US$162.36bn on… More

    Google’s browser connects with BLE

    December 9th, 2016

    The latest version of Google’s Chrome browser allows websites to interact with Bluetooth Low Energy devices. Chrome 56 Beta uses the Web Bluetooth API on Android, Chrome OS and Mac, and enables web developers to connect to Bluetooth devices such as printers and LED displays with “just a few lines of Javascript”. Web Bluetooth can also be combined with beacons to discover and control nearby devices, says the company.

    AT&T customers can ask Alexa to text a friend

    November 24th, 2016

    Customers of US telecoms giant AT&T can send text messages to up to 10 contacts using Amazon’s Alexa artificial intelligence assistant. The AT&T Send Message skill went live on 18 November allowing users to ask to text a friend, after which the assistant prompts them to say their message. The launch came on the same day that Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices were made available on the AT&T website and in its retail stores.

    Apple to develop iPhone connected digital glasses?

    November 16th, 2016

    Apple is looking at developing digital glasses connected wirelessly to a wearer’s iPhone, which would show images and other information in the wearer’s field of vision and may use augmented reality, a report in Bloomberg suggests. Apple has talked about its glasses project with potential suppliers, according to people familiar with those discussions, the report adds. Should Apple ultimately decide to proceed with the device, it would be introduced in 2018 at the earliest.

    Samsung to add AI button to new smartphone

    November 9th, 2016

    Samsung is considering adding a dedicated button for an improved artificial intelligence feature for its next flagship smartphone, the Wall Street Journal reports. The latest internal prototypes of the premium Galaxy S8 handset include a button on the side edge that would be used to launch a beefed-up virtual assistant similar to Apple’s Siri. Samsung introduced a virtual-assistant service, S Voice, in 2012 in its Galaxy S3 smartphone but hasn’t announced any major updates to the service since.

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